This Week in Michigan Women's Tennis: host NCAA Regional
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May 6, 2013

Regional Central | Live Scoring (Live video available if match is played indoors)

THIS WEEK
Friday, May 10 -- vs. IPFW - NCAA Regional (Varsity Tennis Center), 1 p.m.

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The University of Michigan women's tennis team (21-5) received the No. 10 seed for the NCAA Tournament and will host No. 24 Notre Dame (17-9), NC State (14-9) and IPFW (23-7) in NCAA Regional action this weekend (Fri-Sat., May 10-11) at the Varsity Tennis Center. NC State and Notre Dame will face each other on Friday (May 10) at 10 a.m., followed by Michigan and IPFW at 1 p.m. The winners will square off on Saturday (May 11) at 1 p.m. with a berth to the NCAA Sweet 16 on the line. U-M is hosting the first and second rounds for the fourth straight year, advancing out of regional action in its three previous turns as host.

Dual-Match Format
This weekend's dual matches will be a contest for the best-of-seven team points. The dual will begin with three doubles matches consisting of eight-game pro sets. The team that wins two of these three matches will enter the singles competition with one of seven points. After a brief intermission, six singles matches will be played. Each singles match will be the best of three tie-break sets and worth one point towards the team competition. The overall dual match will be decided when one team secures four total points. In the postseason, matches in progress when the doubles point and dual match are clinched will be abandoned.

WOLVERINE BITES

• Michigan is looking for its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, its best finish at the NCAA Tournament. This year's finals site is Champaign, Ill.

• U-M is making its 12th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and its 15th overall. The Wolverines are 16-14 all-time in the tournament, winning at least two matches four times. Head coach Ronni Bernstein has led Michigan to the tourney in all six of her seasons in Ann Arbor, featuring an 8-5 record in NCAA matches at U-M.

• U-M will take on IPFW in the first round of the tournament, and it marks the first meeting between the Wolverines and Mastodons. IPFW carries a 23-7 record and won the Summit League this season for the automatic NCAA bid, its third in the last four years.

• Notre Dame and Michigan are in the same NCAA Regional for the first time since the 2009 season when the Irish came away with a 4-1 victory. U-M and UND already squared off this season, a 5-2 Michigan win in South Bend. Notre Dame, which features No. 48 Britney Sanders and two ranked doubles pairs, leads the all-time series against Michigan at 22-12.

• NC State completed the regular season with a 14-9 record for an at-large bid out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack were at the Varsity Tennis Center for the 2011 ITA Kick-Off Weekend, losing to USC and beating Auburn. U-M leads the all-time series against NC State, 3-0. The Pack features two ranked singles players in No. 53 Joelle Kissell and No. 86 Tatiana Illova.

• Junior Brooke Bolender and sophomore Emina Bektas were awarded a 5-8 seed for the doubles portion of the NCAA Individual Championships, marking the second straight year the pair is making an appearance in the tourney.

• Sophomore Emina Bektas earned her second straight singles bid to the NCAA Individual Championships, with Ronit Yurovsky picking up her first invitation. It is the first time that Michigan has had multiple players participating in the singles tournament.

• With a pair of wins in the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines wrapped up their fourth consecutive and fifth overall 20-win season. Four of those campaigns have come under sixth-year head coach Ronni Bernstein.

• For the fourth straight season, a Wolverine was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as Ronit Yurovsky picked up the honor on April 25. She joins Mimi Nguyen, Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas as Wolverines who have won the award. In addition, Yurovsky, Bektas and Bolender each picked up All-Big Ten first team honors, with Sarah Lee grabbing a place on the second team.

Ronni Bernstein was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season after Michigan went 10-1 during the conference season to win a share of the Big Ten title.

Ronit Yurovsky won two matches at the Big Ten Tournament, pushing her record to 30-8. It is the 11th time a Wolverine has won at least 30 matches in a season. Brooke Bolender set the standard with 35 victories during the 2010-11 season.

• With postseason play continuing this weekend, matches in progress when the dual match is clinched will be abandoned. Also, matches in progress when the doubles point is clinched will also be abandoned.

• U-M has never lost more than one Big Ten regular-season match in each of head coach Ronni Bernstein's six seasons in Ann Arbor. She is now 58-4 in conference matches.

• Michigan now features five players that have at least 20 wins on the season in Ronit Yurovsky (30), Sarah Lee (25), Emina Bektas (25), Brooke Bolender (25) and Amy Zhu (22). It is the fourth straight season that U-M has had at least five 20-win players.

• The Maize and Blue sports a 17-0 record this season when winning the doubles point after defeating Iowa (April 26) and Purdue (April 27) at the Big Ten Tournament. U-M is 3-5 when failing to secure the first point of the match, most recently rallying to beat No. 12 Nebraska on April 13. Michigan did not compete in doubles action at San Diego (March 8) due to impending rain.

• With a 5-2 win at Notre Dame on March 27, Michigan wrapped up the non-conference portion of the regular season with a 9-3 mark.

• The Wolverines won all six singles matches against Ohio State (April 19), the just the fourth time this season U-M has swept all six matches. U-M also turned the feat against Brown in the season opener (Jan. 26), against Michigan State (Feb. 27) and versus Purdue (March 30).

• U-M finished the regular season with a 10-2 record at the Varsity Tennis Center.

• Michigan features three ranked singles players in sophomore Emina Bektas (No. 30), freshman Ronit Yurovsky (No. 58) and sophomore Sarah Lee (No. 99). On the doubles side, Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender are the No. 6 pair in the country, with Lee and Mimi Nguyen coming in at No. 90.

Brooke Bolender is Michigan's team captain this season. It is her first season as captain and the first time since the 2009-10 season that U-M will be captained by a junior.

• Senior Mimi Nguyen is the team's lone senior this season, marking the second straight season that Michigan has featured just one senior.

• Since taking over the Wolverines in 2007-08, U-M is 65-7 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her sixth season at Michigan, Bernstein is 127-36 as the leader of the Wolverines.

• The Wolverines are coming off their third straight Big Ten championship and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2012. U-M went 21-8 last season, finishing with a No. 14 ranking. It was also U-M's third consecutive 20-win season. Three of Michigan's five 20-win seasons have occurred under head coach Ronni Bernstein.

UP NEXT
May 17-27 -- at NCAA Championship (Champaign, Ill.)

   

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